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2:05 PM ET, October 18, 2022


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Inside the NYT's identity crisis, as some in its new administrative layer say their mission seems to be enacting radical cultural change as slowly as possible  —  Ben is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Semafor, coming over from the New York Times.  Sign up for his media newsletter, out every Sunday night!
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Ben and Justin Smith's Semafor launches, with stories in a “Semaform”, featuring The News, Reporter's View, Room for Disagreement, The View From, and Notable  —  - Semafor, a new global news company, debuted Tuesday.  — The company is launching with $25 million in funding.
Aditi Agrawal / Newslaundry:
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
The US should spend $10B+, ~$30 per American, on nonprofit local news outlets for every community, which are open to everyone, with transparent points of view  —  My vision for addressing the huge decline in local journalism involves hiring 87,000 new journalists for about 1,300 news organizations with more than $10 billion in funding.
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Sistrix data: Google's September algorithm update affected several UK publishers, as search rankings for Ladbible fell 52%, The Mirror 27%, and Independent 11%  —  Ten of the leading news websites in the UK saw their visibility in search rankings reduced as a result of Google's latest core algorithm update in September.
Discussion: @mattnavarra
Pew Research Center:
In 2021, 11% of high-circulation newspapers and 3% of high-traffic digital news outlets experienced layoffs, compared with 33% and 18% respectively in 2020  —  The percentage of large newspapers and digital news sites that experienced layoffs fell considerably in 2021 when compared with the year prior …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @pewjournalism
Peter White / Deadline:
NBCUniversal launches an accelerator with 11 TikTok creators who have a collective following of 10M; they have Universal Studio Group deals for original series  —  NBCUniversal has launched an initiative designed to turn TikTokers into its next generation of television creators.
Patrick Brzeski / The Hollywood Reporter:
Xi Jinping's third term bodes ominously for China's film market; Artisan Gateway: China's box office total for 2022 is $3.88B thus far, down 33% from 2021  —  Regulators in the country have clamped down on Hollywood imports and narrowed the range of Chinese films deemed politically acceptable.
Julia Felton / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette workers go on strike; union demands include ending the “illegal” halt of negotiations and reinstating last contract's terms  —  Newsroom workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, represented by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, went on strike at noon Tuesday.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
YouTube appears to have taken down dozens of videos by Russian Media Monitor, a channel run by Julia Davis that translates Russian TV clips on the Ukraine war
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Netflix rolls out a feature globally to let users transfer all their personalized viewing data to a new account, ahead of a crackdown on account sharing in 2023
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Mia Sato / The Verge:
TikTok plans to raise the age requirement for hosting a livestream from 16 to 18 on November 23 and let hosts limit their livestreams to adult-only audiences
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Parler agrees to be acquired by Ye, formerly Kanye West, to create “an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome”; the deal is set to close in Q4 2022